Progressive populist writer and radio commentator -- and Rag Radio regular -- Jim Hightower is Thorne Dreyer's guest, and it's a lively discussion! We discuss the rebellious spirit of Matthew Maguire's first Labor Day, the important new energy in the labor movement, how to lift up the middle class and address income inequality, just how bad the Trans-Pacific Partnership is for workers and how important the grassroots movement against it is, how certain bigwigs are scared that income inequality will bring about social unrest or, even worse, "oppressive taxes" on the super rich, the importance of the Bernie Sanders campaign, and why Donald Trump is no populist.
Jim Hightower, who was twice elected Texas Agriculture Commissioner, has for years been a major force on the populist left. Jim broadcasts daily radio commentaries, publishes the Hightower Lowdown, and is the author of "Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow" and "Thieves in High Places."
This show was originally broadcast during KOOP-FM's fall membership drive in Austin. Version one of the podcast has the fundraising edited out and version two includes the pitching. Pictured in the photo: Jim Hightower flanked by Rag Radio's Tracey Schulz, left, and Thorne Dreyer.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Photographer: Roger Baker. Rag Radio (www.theragblog.com/rag-radio/) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The syndicated show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP (www.koop.org/listen-now), and is later rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1, and by KKRN, 88.5-FM in Round Mountain, CA -- and as a featured podcast at Veterans Today (VeteransToday.com). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.